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Definition of HEW

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Hew \Hew\, n.
     Destruction by cutting down. [Obs.]
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           Of whom he makes such havoc and such hew. --Spenser. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Hew \Hew\, n.
     1. Hue; color. [Obs.] --Chaucer.
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     2. Shape; form. [Obs.] --Spenser.
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The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Hew \Hew\ (h[=u]), v. t. [imp. {Hewed} (h[=u]d); p. p. {Hewed} or {Hewn} (h[=u]n); p. pr. & vb. n. {Hewing}.] [AS. he['a]wan; akin to D. houwen, OHG. houwan, G. hauen, Icel. h["o]ggva, Sw. hugga, Dan. hugge, Lith. kova battle, Russ. kovate to hammer, forge. Cf. {Hay} cut grass, {Hoe}.]
     1. To cut with an ax; to fell with a sharp instrument; -- often with down, or off. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     2. To form or shape with a sharp instrument; to cut; hence, to form laboriously; -- often with out; as, to hew out a sepulcher. [1913 Webster]

              Look unto the rock whence ye are hewn. --Is. li. 1. [1913 Webster]

              Rather polishing old works than hewing out new.
                                                    --Pope. [1913 Webster]

     3. To cut in pieces; to chop; to hack.
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              Hew them to pieces; hack their bones asunder.
                                                    --Shak. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

105 Moby Thesaurus words for "hew":
     amputate, ax, bisect, block out, blow down, blow over, bowl down, bowl over, bring down, bulldog, butcher, carve, cast, cast down, chisel, chop, chop down, cleave, create, cut, cut away, cut down, cut in two, cut off, dash down, deck, dichotomize, dissever, down, drop, efform, excise, fashion, fell, fetch down, figure, fissure, fix, floor, forge, form, formalize, found, frame, gash, ground, hack, halve, hew down, incise, jigsaw, knead, knock down, knock out, lance, lay level, lay low, lay out, level, lick into shape, mint, model, mold, mow down, pare, precipitate, prostrate, prune, pull down, rase, raze, rend, rive, rough out, roughcast, roughhew, saw, scissor, sculpt, sculpture, send headlong, set, sever, shape, slash, slice, slit, snip, split, spread-eagle, stamp, sunder, supinate, tailor, take down, tear, thermoform, throw, throw down, topple, trip, tumble, whack down, whittle, work

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